I am watching the Last Jedi on Netflix. I am only halfway through so no spoilers.
I noticed a strange effect a few times in the first half of the movie that I have never seen in a movie before. When the focus in a scene shifted, the picture seemed to compress/expand horizontally and/or vertically. In most instances it was slight, but noticeable.
There was one scene that it was so noticeable that it completely took me out of the movie. I thought to myself “How could they have left that in there? This is a super big-budget movie. Can they not do better than this?”
I thought I could not be the only one who noticed this, but my googling only brought up one Twitter discussion. They mention the same scene as I describe below. Several people chime in that they noticed it.
The worst example is after Kylo Ren and Rey start “talking” to each other from afar. Rey was in her hut, but she runs outside. Eventually Luke comes out of his hut, and the focus shifts from Rey’s face to Luke, and then back again. A few seconds later, it shifts from Rey’s face to the island keepers, and then back again. Same effect.
I know this is not a movie technical or lens forum, but I thought someone might be able to explain what is happening here, and why is this the only movie I have ever seen this? I thought this would be something that would happen using cheap lenses. I would think Star Wars has the best at their disposal!